Symbolism of the Sabbath

There are has been debates about the Sabbath. Should be Sunday, Saturday or Friday? However there is a deeper meaning to the Sabbath. We will explore the symbolism of the Sabbath. Let’s start with defining what is the Sabbath.


The Sabbath is the 7th day of the week in which God commanded Moses and the ancient Hebrews to keep holy and to rest (Exodus 16:23). If a person worked on this day, he or she would be put to death (Number 15:32-36). It is the 3rd commandment out of the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:8-11) in the Mosaic Law. God explained to Moses that when he created this world, he rested on the 7th day and sanctified it (Genesis 2:2-3). There are other Sabbaths such as the 1st day of the 7th month in which the trumpets are blown (Leviticus 23:24), and every 7th year in which the ancient Hebrews didn’t work for a year (Leviticus 25:4-5).


Jesus Christ

The Sabbath symbolizes Jesus Christ. The only way we can make it to Heaven, which is God’s rest, is to believe in Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6). This is why Jesus Christ said when he died on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Just like how God finished all his work on the 7th day, Jesus Christ finished all his work on the cross. God told Moses, “It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance.” – Leviticus 16:31. Jesus said, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24). He also said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28.


Believers vs Unbelievers

This is reason why God introduced the Sabbath to Moses in the wilderness. Egypt presents the world and spiritual bondage. Read more here: The Spiritual Exodus. Without Christ, we all remain in spiritual bondage. This is why God said, Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. – Exodus 31:14. Stoning was the choice of death at that time. The stone symbolizes Christ in the Bible (1 Corinthians 10:4, Daniel 2:34-44). Therefore people who believe in Jesus Christ will have eternal rest. However those who don’t has defiled God’s rest and will perish by the judgement of God. This is one reason why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin (Matthew 12:31). He is the one who seals and resurrect us unto God’s rest (Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:11).


Keeping the Sabbath

Jesus Christ said it himself, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). So in order that we keep the Sabbath is believe and rest in Christ and thrive to make it to Heaven. Paul mentioned this in the letter addressed to the Hebrews (Hebrews 4). Jesus Christ states if we love him, we must keep his commandments (John 14:15). These commandments are to love God will all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:33, Matthew 22:37-39). Jesus Christ has fulfilled the Mosaic Law so now we are under a new law, which is the Law of the Spirit (Matthew 5:17, Romans 7-8, Galatians 5:16-25). Once we walk in spirit, we will have rest in Christ. This is why it is written, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33. How do you seek the kingdom of God? Through seeking the Holy Spirit and being led by him. 


Spirit of Religion

When Christians argue about what day is the Sabbath and what to do on the Sabbath, they are giving Satan a foothold in their lives. This foothold becomes a stronghold which is the spirit of religion. Once a person has the spirit of the religion, this person becomes judgmental, hypocritical, and merciless, thus driving the presence of God away from him or her. This is why the Pharisees did not believe in Jesus Christ even though they knew scriptures (John 5:9). This is also why they always commented on Jesus Christ doing work on the Sabbath while at the same time sought how they would kill him (John 5:18). They had the spirit of religion as their master thus being the children of the devil (John 8:44). Religion does not bring salvation but death. This is evident because many people are in a religion but many people do not know Christ. This is also the work of the kingdom of darkness.



We should not quarrel with one another about the Sabbath because it doesn’t produce fruit of the Spirit. Everyone has different levels of faith and Paul explains this in his letter to the Romans (Roman 14). Let’s thrive to be like Christ since he’s the only way, truth, and life (John 14:6). 

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